(DOG MEAT TRADE/ANIMAL NEWS) In a major victory for animals, South Korea’s largest and most infamous dog meat market is finally shutting down.
Last year, an estimated 80,000 dogs were electrocuted, boiled, hanged, blowtorched, and butchered in order to be sold at the Moran market, which supplied a third of the country’s total canine meat.
Fortunately these days are numbered as officials in Seongnam made an agreement with the city’s vendors to ban the slaughter of dogs, and all signs of the dog meat market’s slaughtering facilities are expected to disappear by next summer.
Mayor Lee Jae-myung quoted Mahatma Gandhi as he announced the closure, saying “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
With financial support, the market’s 22 dog meat vendors will refurbish their shops for new business initiatives. And while many dog butchers are expected to direct their dirty business elsewhere, animal rights groups like In Defense of Animals will remain vigilant in their fight against the global dog meat trade.
Read on to learn more about this groundbreaking news and how it paves a bright future for the fate of all dogs in South Korea. — Global Animal
Express, Stuart Winter
Delighted animal welfare campaigners around the world are celebrating the move as a milestone in the battle to stop man’s best friends being slaughtered for food.
Up to 80,000 dogs – dead or alive – were sold at the market a year, supplying a third of Korea’s canine meat.
One of the market’s most ominous sights were the lines of cages where shoppers could choose the live dogs they want and then watch as they were slaughtered in full view.
Among the animal welfare violations cited by campaigners have been cases where dogs were electrocuted or boiled alive, hanged, blowtorched and butchered.
Officials in Seongnam today struck an agreement with vendors in the city’s Moran market to ban the killing of dogs as well as the removal of butchery equipment over coming days.
All signs of the notorious cages and slaughtering facilities should have vanished from the market by next summer.
Financial support will go towards helping the market’s 22 dog meat vendors to refurbish their shops for new lines of business.
Korea has been heavily criticised in the West for its dog eating culture. Stews made from the animals’ flesh are said to help cool the blood and are popular in high summer.
The Korea Herald today reported how the mayor of Seongnam, a city with nearly one million people, had quoted Mahatma Gandhi as he announced the dog meat market closure.
“Seongnam City will take the initiative to transform South Korea’s image since ‘the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated’,” said Mayor Lee Jae-myung.
“This may be the beginning of a long path toward solving issues surrounding dog meat consumption. The agreement will hopefully eradicate the negative image of Moran Market.”
Humane Society International campaigns tirelessly to stop dogs and cats being eaten across the Far East and has already shut down five dog meat farms in the country as well as rescuing hundreds of anmals.
HSI/UK’s Wendy Higgins welcomed the news, describing it as possible game changer, and explaining: “Moran market’s dogmeat quarter is the largest and most notorious dog meat market in South Korea, supplying about one third of the country’s dog meat, with live dogs displayed in cages awaiting slaughter.
“Humane Society International and Korean animal groups have met with Moran dog traders numerous times, so it is potentially highly significant news that an agreement has been reached between the mayor and the dog traders to work towards closing it down.
“Closing dog slaughter and dog meat sales at Moran could be the start of changing the fate of all dogs in South Korea once and for all.”
HSI says it will be monitoring things on the ground with its Korean partners and offering help, advice and expertise to the city authorities.
American-based In Defense of Animals fears that dog butchers might start plying their trade in other areas and vows to remain vigilant.
In Defense of Animals president Dr Marilyn Kroplick: “The closure of Korea’s most infamous dog meat market at Moran deals a significant blow to the heart of the dog meat trade.
“Moran market has run with the blood of hundreds of thousands of dogs for many years, so this is a step in the right direction in our fight to end the horrific dog meat trade.
“However, we expect the dog butchers to set up their dirty business elsewhere, so In Defense of Animals will remain vigilant and will not rest until we take dog meat off the menu for good.”